Tokyo-Based Food and Beverage Company Agrees to Stop Force-Feeding, Poisoning, and Killing Animals in Cruel Tests

For Immediate Release:
January 30, 2018

Tokyo — Just weeks after PETA Asia’s U.S. affiliate urged Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd., to stop force-feeding, poisoning, and killing rodents in order to make various questionable health claims about its products, the Tokyo-based food and beverage giant, which sells probiotics and other products all over the world, has pledged to end all its experiments on animals and conduct only non-animal studies going forward.

In a letter to the company, PETA U.S. pointed out that since all the tests involved common food ingredients with no toxicity concerns, studies could have been safely conducted using humans—and, in fact, numerous such studies have already been conducted and published.

“Yakult Honsha did the right thing in ending cruel animal studies, which are irrelevant to human health and not required by law,” says PETA U.S. Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “PETA U.S. is calling on other companies that still experiment on animals to follow suit and embrace modern and humane, animal-free research methods instead.”

PETA U.S. notes that experiments conducted by Yakult Honsha included subjecting mice to whole-body radiation, injecting them with chemicals, force-feeding them probiotics or bacteria to induce lethal infections, and feeding them apple pomace extract before forcing them to run on a treadmill until exhaustion. At the end of the experiments, the animals were killed and dissected.

Yakult Honsha joins a growing list of companies—including House Foods, Barilla, Kikkoman, The Coca-Cola Company, Lipton, Ocean Spray, Welch’s, and POM Wonderful LLC—that have worked with PETA U.S. to end animal tests.

The letter to Yakult Honsha is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETA U.S.’ website,